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December 7, 2011

In the universe of graduate/professional degree programs, the MBA degree offers perhaps the most practical curriculum. Yale SOM offers no shortage of applicable courses. But Yale SOM also provides the ability to take courses, inside and outside the school, that aren’t as directly relevant to one’s career trajectory. Or so one might think.

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November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! Listed below are the updated Mathletics Football rankings for Week 12. The Packers are still on top, though they the 5th ranked Detroit Lions this week in Detroit.

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November 17, 2011

It's just about that time of the semester where our focus in many classes shifts to our term projects. For Mathletics, we get to pick our own topics and my group has chosen to evaluate the playoff systems of the 3 major sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL) to see which one most effectively selects the best team. My hypothesis is that the NBA does due to its long series and widespread playoff participation, though I will report back our results after we've conducted the research. In our last post, Koopman prize winning professor Ed Kaplan provided us with up-to-the minute football rankings.

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November 13, 2011

Few years ago, when I had just started as a freshly minted analyst from college, I visited 745 Seventh Avenue building, home to erstwhile Lehman Brothers. Back then, the CEO of Lehman used to sit on 31st floor and the only reason you would ever step foot on that floor was if you were going places (up the ladder or out). Little did I realize that in a few years, I would be having lunch on the coveted 31st with senior leadership of BarCap. The façade of 745 looks different now. It’s blue and sports the logo of its British owners. So does another building 383 Madison, now home to JP Morgan.

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November 13, 2011

Fall 2 is fully underway and one of the electives that I am taking is called Mathletics. Over the next month, I will be working with Professor Ed Kaplan to provide some insight into this unique class. Here we go: Probability modeling and statistics are fundamental tools of management science. Building upon earlier core coursework in probability, statistics, and spreadsheets, Mathletics is designed to provide additional experience using these modeling tools via applications to entertaining problems in sports.

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October 31, 2011

I was skeptical about whether the Yale MBA integrated curriculum was really all that different at the start of Fall 1. We have just started Fall 2 and the organizational perspectives courses so I'll withhold overall judgment on the curriculum for a later post.

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October 23, 2011

Just wrapped up the first quarter of my second year. And while the chance to return to school to learn about things I’m passionate about is itself a great opportunity, with the core behind me and a huge selection of courses to choose from, this quarter felt particularly indulgent. I was like a kid in a candy store.Of course, in Managing Strategic Networks it turns out, I was more like a fish in a sea. In this class we analyzed both our own networks, the networks of organizations, and ways to leverage consumer networks in marketing strategies.

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October 21, 2011

Hello world! My name is Dwight Tran '13. You can read all about me on my profile - however, my identity can be summed up in three defining categories by my peers: Google (a.k.a. Ex-googler, Xoogler), Polo (the kind with horses), Parrots (not Parents).

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By: Jim Kok
October 20, 2011

After being tortured by an entire week of final exams, we entered into our dedicated week of leadership training, a.k.a. Managing Groups and Teams. I was quite excited because it's the first time that my study group -- the 8 "Silver Bullets" (we didn't like vampires) -- were going to experiment problem solving and leadership development together. Our first task was the Legoman game.

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October 12, 2011

Besides encouraging an interesting and diverse cross-section of the SOM community to contribute to the blog, the blog coordinator's powers are pretty mundane, e.g. being able to filter spam or allowed to be as cheesy as I want. But I uncovered a potentially useful power yesterday: accessing drafted-but-unpublished posts. Bloggers from years past wrote but refrained from publishing to the public a few posts. What vile observations about Yale SOM did these former students want to keep from the light of day?

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